IMPORTANT NOTICE:
With the passage of voter Initiative 161, the state of Montana has eliminated the "Outfitter Sponsored License". Starting 2011, a Licensed Montana Outfitter will no longer be able to guarantee a sponsored license. Licenses will now be acquired through the general draw process. Hunters should make deposit and booking arrangements with Central Montana Outfitters as soon as possible to reserve an opening for your desired week to hunt. If a hunter is unable to draw a license, Central Montana Outfitters will immediately refund your deposit.

 

At Central Montana Outfitters, all rifle and archery hunts take place on carefully selected private ranches, where ideal habitat provides the highest quality animals in the most pristine setting.


ELK

The Elk archery season is during the rut, which allows us to call in bugling bulls. Hunters need to be ready for some exciting action. These bulls in rut may come charging in, or it could take an hour or longer of cow calling and bugling to bring that big bull within bow range. You just never know what might answer your guide's call.

The Elk rifle season generally takes place the last week of October through the last week of November. Most of rifle hunting is done by glassing, spotting, and then stalking within shooting range. Our hard work produces really good bulls typically sporting 5x5 & 6x6 racks.

*DEADLINE FOR MONTANA ELK/MULE DEER LICENSE APPLICATION IS MARCH 15, 2011*


MULE DEER

The Mule Deer archery season takes place during the months of September through mid-October. Our ranches provide us with terrain that is optimum for spot and stalk bow-hunting. Buck widths range in size from 20-28 inches, having good mass and deep forks. Expect to glass for bedded bucks in shaded areas prior to the stalk.

We see large numbers of Mule Deer almost every day of rifle season, which runs the last week of October through November. These hunts take place out of four-wheel drive vehicles as the ranches are very large and cover a lot of acres. Glassing, spotting, and stalking for quality trophy Mulies can be as physically challenging as the hunter wants it to be. Central Montana Outfitters has had a 99.9% success rate on Mule Deer hunts for the past several years. These hunts book up fast, so make your 2011 plans now.

*DEADLINE FOR MONTANA ELK/MULE DEER LICENSE APPLICATION IS MARCH 15, 2011*


WHITETAIL DEER

The Whitetail Deer archery season takes place during the month of September through mid-October. After spending several months scouting, we set our stands in prime locations. Many of these stands are on the edge of transition areas, which allow us to catch the Deer moving from bedding to feeding areas.

The Whitetail Deer rifle season takes place during the rut and allows our clients the opportunity at trophy bucks that normally might not be seen. These hunts take place out of tree stands, tripod and ground blinds set up for optimum chances at these big deer.

*DEADLINE FOR MONTANA WHITETAIL DEER LICENSE APPLICATION IS MARCH 15, 2011*


ANTELOPE

Archery Antelope hunts take place during the rut. We hunt out of ground blinds over waterholes and use decoys. Our bucks average 14-16 inches with good mass and great prongs. We've taken an archery Antelope that had horns 17 inches long.

Rifle Antelope hunts employ spot and stalk methods. The large number of quality bucks produces a very successful hunt.

*DEADLINE FOR MONTANA ANTELOPE LICENSE APPLICATION IS JUNE 1, 2011*


TROPHY BLACK BEARS

Baiting for Bears is not allowed in Montana, but we have prime country for spot and stalk opportunities on trophies. One of the biggest reasons for hunting Bears in our area is the many color phases of the Black Bear: black, cinnamon, chocolate or blonde. All are possible. These hunts take place during the spring but can also be arranged during the fall.

*DEADLINE FOR MONTANA SPRING BEAR LICENSE APPLICATION IS APRIL 15, 2011*


UPLAND BIRDS & WATERFOWL

Montana's farmland, foothills, prairies, and mountainous areas teem with Pheasant, Sharptail Grouse, Mountain Grouse, and Hungarian Partridge. Central Montana Outfitters' experienced guides and pointing dogs make certain that our upland bird hunters are in the thick of the action. These hunts take place from September through December. Grouse and Partridge season generally runs from September through November. Pheasant season takes place mid-October through mid-December. Upland bird hunts are also available as family or group hunts in addition to adding to big game hunts.

The Missouri River attracts thousands of migrating Mallard, Redhead, and Pintail Ducks. The surrounding grain fields draw huge flocks of Canadian and Snow Geese. We hunt out of layout blinds, as well as pit blinds, decoying and calling. Late November through January is the prime time for these migrators.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

When you book with Central Montana Outfitters, you’ll be hunting wild game in its natural habitat. The terrain can range from mountains to river bottoms with rugged foothills and expansive prairies in between. Elevations can be as high as 7,000 feet. In other words, “we take you where the game is”. While 4x4 vehicles are used, much of the hunting is done on foot, which means your adventure can be physically challenging. We recommend that all hunters go through some sort of preseason conditioning, especially if you’ll be elk hunting.

*DEADLINE FOR MONTANA ELK/MULE DEER LICENSE APPLICATION IS MARCH 15, 2011*

*DEADLINE FOR MONTANA ANTELOPE LICENSE APPLICATION IS JUNE 1, 2011*


WEATHER

September through mid October temps can range from 10-75 degrees. Late October through November the temperature averages drop while the chance for frozen precipitation increases. In the later part of November, snow is likely. In short, check ahead before packing, but be prepared for anything, you're in the mountains and this is Montana!


LODGING

Our sleep tents are 14’x16’ wall tents, all have comfortable log beds with mattresses, wood burning stoves, wood floors and rain flys to make your stay as comfortable as possible. All meals are prepared and served by our on site camp-cook in a 18'x20' wall tent. There is also a 8’x10’ wall tent with a shower. Central Montana Outfitters can also assist hunters with hotel arrangements. Pick up and drop off provided at the Great Falls airport or hotel.


OTHER FACTS

  • Elk and bear and archery hunts span 5 days.
  • Rifle deer hunts span 4 days.
  • Rifle antelope hunts span 3 days.
  • Upland and waterfowl hunts can be scheduled to the hunter's desires, and also added to big game hunts.

Hunters arrive in camp the afternoon prior to the hunt and will depart on the evening of the last day of the hunt. All big game hunts are based on two hunters per guide, however one on one hunts can be arranged at an additional cost.

Central Montana Outfitters can assist our hunters with preparation, storage, and arrangements for game processing and trophy arrangements.